Saturday 9th May 2009, Pickering Market Place.

Another fine day and opportunity to talk with people about the marvellous grace of God.

Pickering is a busy little place all summer due to the steam railway that runs from the town over the North Yorkshire Moors.

The Locomotive conveniently put in an appearance while we were out today.

Steam Locomotive

Steam Locomotive in the centre of town.

Steam Loco. Close up.

Goathland or Aidensfield.

Goathland or Aidensfield.

The day began for us with a young lady who introduced herself as a ‘JW’, our conversation soon brought to light the sad truth that these people don’t have a Biblical understanding of the forgiveness of sin, and subsequently are unable to speak with any assurance about the day they will meet God.

We were able to share the freedom that is enjoyed by believers from verses like:

Romans chapter 8 and verse 1: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Nick beside the Table.

Nick beside the Table.

The leaflet in Nick’s hand asks: Are you good enough to go to heaven. We find it a very useful discussion starter, so many people say I hope so, or I think I am, that there are many opportunities to ask about the basis of their hope and then to point out that no one actually is good enough until they come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Passages like Romans chapter 3 make this very clear:

10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”

Thankfully we can also share the GOODNEWS that Jesus Christ died as a substitute for such people, and that those who come to God through Him do find and know ‘peace with God’. A ‘peace’ which is the result of being made ‘good enough’ to go to heaven!

Romans chapter 5 and the first two verses inform any reader of  this great truth:

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

William beside the table.

William beside the table.

One lady from Peterlee was drawn to the table as I handed her a ‘Goodnews’ leaflet and ask if she’d ever heard it.

She proceeded to explain that she’d been exploring spiritual things at home. She spoke of reading about angels etc., a very common theme today. I was able to steer her away from such enquires to considering the very real person of the Lord Jesus Christ, His work and His words as the only way to knowing God. She went away with a number of our booklets and our email address to contact us again.

These words from Hebrews chapter 1 make plain Jesus Christ’s superiority over all angels:

1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Nick had a long conversation with a lady who had lost three family members in 2 years.

Nick talking. Nick talking.

Gently encouraging her to talk, he was able to point her to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour, the only source of confidence and hope for the future.

Words, such as those in John’s Gospel chapter 14 make this very plain:

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Finally, an older man spoke with both of us as we asked whether his sins were forgiven. He said they were not, we pressed him about the urgency of turning to God through Jesus Christ, only to be told that as you get older it becomes harder!

The words of Hebrews chapter 3 remind all who hear them of the importance of turning to God immediately.

15 “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Reminding me of a quotation from an evangelist called Duncan Matheson:

Don’t put off until tomorrow what God commands today,

for man’s tomorrow and God’s today never meet“!

All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version [NKJV] of the Bible published by Thomas Nelson.

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